-By Brandon Wikman
It’s not often that hunters face the serious predicament of allocating space for trophy buck mounts. Most hardcore head junkies would rip off their own family portrait to replace the empty spot with a magnificent shoulder mount.
Typically, hunters find themselves lucky to knock down a good buck that deserves wall status every few years, but not for two of the most buck-ridden diehards I know; Butch and Marc Fox of Bluff Bucks Outfitters.
I’ve had the pleasure of hunting with the Fox’s during their initial start as a full-service outfitter in Buffalo County, Wisconsin. Bluff Bucks Outfitters (BBO) was a new face on the already cluttered map of guides, outfits, and mom n’ pop fly-by-night hunting businesses scattered along the Mississippi River region. After receiving the invitation to jump up a tree in hunter-heaven to film an episode for my show, I soon realized that this outfit was here to stay. From that day forward, the Fox’s and I have become more than friends, almost a family.
Both father (Butch) and son (Marc) slammed Booners during the same month last year. As incredible as that spectacle was, there’s nothing that shakes your soul more than seeing their new trophy den!
As the outfitting business grew, Butch had no choice but to expand the lodge to accommodate more hunters. As more land is leased, more hunters are welcome. And as more hunters are booking, more living space is necessary. As funny as it is, I still poke fun with Butch by telling him that he just wanted more space to hang heads! He just laughs and shakes his head. The scary part of the equation is that he literally ran out of space to hang any more bucks. From bedroom-to-bedroom, each corner of the upstairs, and every centimeter downstairs was chocked full of giant whitetails plastered on the wall. If a non-hunter was to walk in the house they’d think that this was some kind of whitetail deer museum.
Now with more space than ever to provide elegant comforts for his clients, the Fox’s now have a cathedral ceiling that’s sky high and beautifully showcasing a collection of giant deer. Each shoulder mount holds a fond and precious memory in our lives. It’s a peculiar fascination of reflection that drives our mind to ease.
I will be making my way over to BBO this weekend to archery hunt the early season. With any luck at all, maybe I’ll be able to throw one of my trophies this year in the BBO big buck gallery!